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Chief ADA Resigns from Levy’s Office, Cites ‘Personal Reasons’

Chief ADA Resigns from Levy’s Office, Cites ‘Personal Reasons’

For the second time in about a year, Putnam County’s chief assistant district attorney is stepping down. Prosecutor Chana Krauss, District Attorney Adam Levy’s second-in-command, resigned from her post recently, citing family circumstances. And date for her departure was not immediately known. In a statement, Levy said he accepted Krauss’ resignation with a “heavy heart.” […]

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

As the weather starts to turn cold, the Putnam County SPCA would like to remind dog owners of their responsibilities under the law. The New York State Animal Cruelty Laws state that in order for a dog to be left outside it must meet ALL of the following conditions:  The shelter provided must be appropriate […]

Business Profile: CoZi’s Barber Shop, Mahopac

Business Profile: CoZi’s Barber Shop, Mahopac

Bobby Cobelli-Zizolfo believes every barbershop owner has a distinct vision for his shop. Cobelli-Zizolfo wants to foster a place where “gentlemen of all ages” can come in, relax, socialize with each other, listen to great music, and get a great haircut. He wants it to be a center of the community. “When you think about […]

District, Teacher’s Union Reach Contract in Mahopac

District, Teacher’s Union Reach Contract in Mahopac

After working without one for more than a year, Mahopac school teachers and the district have reached terms for a new contract. The Mahopac Board of Education unanimously passed a new deal for the Mahopac Teacher’s Association (MTA) at its monthly board meeting Wednesday, putting an end to contract negotiations that at times got tense. […]

Ball Announces Career Plans After Current Term is Finished

Ball Announces Career Plans After Current Term is Finished

In May, when New York State Senator Greg Ball announced he was leaving public life after his current term expired at the end of this year, the only question left was what would be next for the controversial political figure. Now, six months later, residents within the 40th senate district, which Ball has represented the […]

Oliverio ‘Definitely’ Running for Putnam Valley Supervisor

Oliverio ‘Definitely’ Running for Putnam Valley Supervisor

Fresh off a failed run for county executive and set to leave the Putnam County Legislature at the end of the year, Sam Oliverio’s political life isn’t up just yet. In an interview, Oliverio, a Democrat, confirmed he is “definitely” running for the office of Putnam Valley Supervisor in 2015 with current officeholder Bob Tendy, […]

Kick off the Holiday Season with Cold Spring by Candlelight

Kick off the Holiday Season with Cold Spring by Candlelight

“Cold Spring by Candlelight: Holiday Festival and House Tours” is the premier holiday destination event of the year and it is set for Saturday, December 6, from noon – 5 p.m. in Cold Spring–on–Hudson. “Cold Spring by Candlelight,” celebrating its 12th anniversary, is a day and evening event with tours of unique and historic houses […]

Brewster Students Salute Vets with Musical Performance

Brewster Students Salute Vets with Musical Performance

For the fourth straight year, Brewster High School students will show an appreciation to veterans in Putnam County with a special concert honoring men and women of the Armed Forces. This Thursday, Brewster High School Choirs will present “A Salute to Veterans,” free of charge for all veterans that make the trek to the high […]

After Losing Husband, Philipstown Councilwoman Fights for Safer MTA

After Losing Husband, Philipstown Councilwoman Fights for Safer MTA

It’s been almost a year since Nancy Montgomery lost her husband, Jim Lovell, to a tragic MTA train derailment. And almost a year later, the Cold Spring resident and Philisptown councilwoman is still questioning how the MTA is going to ensure an accident like that never happens again. On Dec 1, 2013, Lovell boarded a […]

Maloney Tops Hayworth in Tight 18th Congressional Race

Maloney Tops Hayworth in Tight 18th Congressional Race

In a neck and neck race for the 18th congressional district, Democrat and incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has beat Republican challenger Nan Hayworth. Hayworth, who served in Congress for two years before Maloney beat her two years ago, conceded to Maloney after the AP called the race for Maloney Wednesday morning. The race was […]

In Close Race, Katz Fends Off Falk to Retain 94th Assembly Seat

In Close Race, Katz Fends Off Falk to Retain 94th Assembly Seat

In one of the tightest New York State Assembly races, Republican Steve Katz eked out a close win over Democratic challenger Andrew Falk to retain his 94th district seat. Katz, whose area represents part of Putnam County and Northern Westchester, beat Falk with 54 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the NYS […]

GOP Reigns Supreme in Putnam on Election Night

GOP Reigns Supreme in Putnam on Election Night

Republicans proved they are still the political party of choice for most voters in Putnam County, sweeping Democratic opponents in dominating fashion on Election Night Tuesday. County Executive MaryEllen Odell, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines, earned her first full term in office, defeating Democrat and longtime legislator Sam Oliverio. Odell, a Carmel […]

Business Profile: Bob's Diner, Brewster

Business Profile: Bob’s Diner, Brewster

The tattoo on Tom Sprague’s left forearm is all a customer needs to know about his devotion to the family business, Bob’s Diner. The ink, which Sprague got three years ago is of the actual established, nestled inside the village of Brewster’s main street and standing for almost 60 years. As he said, “it’s free […]

Endorsements for State and Congressional Races

Endorsements for State and Congressional Races

Murphy’s Experience Key in Nasty Senate Race to Replace Ball Neither Republican Terrence Murphy nor Democrat Justin Wagner have distinguished themselves in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent memory where issues have been overshadowed by juvenile jabs and a barrage of pointless media attacks that reinforce why so many people are disgusted and turned […]

District Voters to Determine Fate of Building Upgrades Referendum

District Voters to Determine Fate of Building Upgrades Referendum

Hoping to “upgrade facilities and take care of longstanding problems,” the Brewster Central School District is putting a building renovations referendum to a vote less than two months from now on Dec. 9. The Brewster Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution last Tuesday that allowed a $38.9 million proposal to go to district voters […]

Putnam County Executive Seat and Legislative Seat Previews

Putnam County Executive Seat and Legislative Seat Previews

County Executive Race The marquee race, the fight for county executive, is between incumbent Republican MaryEllen Odell and longtime Legislator and Democrat Sam Oliverio. Both are lifelong Putnam residents who have stark differences on how county government should work. MaryEllen Odell Having been in office for the past three years, County Executive MaryEllen Odell believes […]

PV Town Budget Could Exceed Tax Cap

PV Town Budget Could Exceed Tax Cap

By Janine Bowen The town of Putnam Valley will likely need to override the tax cap according to numbers revealed at a preliminary budget work session. At a Wednesday night work session, Supervisor Robert Tendy revealed the 2015 budget currently carries a 2.6 percent tax levy increase. This is an improvement over the original tentative […]

Flap Made Over Endorsement from County Office in Clerk’s Race

Flap Made Over Endorsement from County Office in Clerk’s Race

While it’s not much of a surprise who the current Putnam County Clerk endorsed to fill his seat after he retired when his term runs out, the manner in which Dennis Sant formally backed Republican Michael Bartolotti for county clerk raised eyebrows among Democrats. Sant, a Republican who has served as clerk for the past […]

Putnam Bridge Renamed to Honor Disabled Vets

Putnam Bridge Renamed to Honor Disabled Vets

After being out of the public eye for the past few months, state Senator Greg Ball, along with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, unveiled the name to a new bridge meant to honor veterans that were scarred, mentally and physically from the toll of war. The Disabled American Veterans Bridge was officially named Friday morning and celebrated […]

After Delay, Mahopac Wrestling Coach Appointed as Season Nears

After Delay, Mahopac Wrestling Coach Appointed as Season Nears

After speculation from parents and students that a Mahopac high school wrestling coach’s job was in jeopardy, varsity head coach Dennis DiSanto was in fact appointed to the coach the team this season, according to Mahopac Superintendent Brian Monahan. Anger and confusion were on full display during an Oct. 14 school board meeting when residents […]

Deskovic Civil Suit Against Putnam, Former Sheriff’s Investigator Underway

Deskovic Civil Suit Against Putnam, Former Sheriff’s Investigator Underway

For a man that spent 16 years in prison—wrongly convicted in the homicide of former classmate—Jeffrey Deskovic sits inside a Bronx diner with a cheery disposition and light sense of humor. After spending years of his life toiling away in a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, Deskovic knows he’s lost so much already, to […]

Details Emerge from Levy’s Deposition in Lawsuit Against Smith

Details Emerge from Levy’s Deposition in Lawsuit Against Smith

A deposition given by Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy concerning his defamation lawsuit against Sheriff Don Smith was recently completed, making a trial between the two just another step closer. The deposition, which is more than 400 pages long, gave further insight into Levy’s connection to Alexandru Hossu, his failing relationship with Smith, and […]

Business Profile: Ski Haus, Brewster

Business Profile: Ski Haus, Brewster

Since he was a little kid, Ross Nichols has held a passion for skiing. And for the past 43 years, he’s been able to sell that passion to thousands of his customers. Open since 1962, Ski Haus in Brewster has provided ski equipment, from the latest skis and snowboards, to the warmest clothes to brave […]

Building Renovations Proposed With Brewster School System

Building Renovations Proposed With Brewster School System

Capital projects that could cost about $40 million may be needed within the Brewster Central School District over the next few years, according to a report presented to the board of education last Tuesday. Russell Davidson of KG&D Architects, who worked with members of the facility planning task force in Brewster, showed the board multiple […]

Business Profile: The Alley Café Creperie, Carmel

Business Profile: The Alley Café Creperie, Carmel

Oscar Bello can remember trying his mother’s cooking of crepes for the first time and thinking it was “bland tasting.” But after more practice and more servings, Oscar started tasting a difference in her cooking and thinking; “Now we’ve got a gem.” “She got really good at it,” Oscar said her mother, Yolanda Naved. “It […]

Election Set for Patterson Town Board Seat

Election Set for Patterson Town Board Seat

Although it’s suppose to be an off year for elections at the town level in Putnam County, Patterson has two candidates fighting for one town board seat this November. Republican Shawn Rogan and Democrat Luz Shulgin are both vying for a town board seat that was left unguarded after former town councilman Bob McCarthy resigned […]

Southeast Church Proposes Pavilion for Empty Property

Southeast Church Proposes Pavilion for Empty Property

A small open field between North Brewster Road and Route 312 could see church services start taking place if a development of small pavilion is approved for the site. Grace Assembly of God, a Southeast based Christian congregation, went before the Southeast town board Thursday night to note a change made to its proposal that […]

Business Profile: Mahopac Auto Body

Business Profile: Mahopac Auto Body

Jerry Cosenza wanted to work closer to home. After spending 25 years commuting to Mount Vernon in southern Westchester County from his Cortlandt home, the auto mechanic wanted to own a business where the drive would be short and he could spend more time with his family each day. That’s when, driving along Route 6, […]

With Debate Season Nearing, Odell and Oliverio Expected to Clash

With Debate Season Nearing, Odell and Oliverio Expected to Clash

County Executive candidates MaryEllen Odell and Sam Oliverio don’t agree on much, and come the month of October, Putnam County residents will get to see that on display. With the county executive seat up for grabs, debate season is less than a week away and while there are several candidates running for different seats in […]

Ball Endorses Maloney Over Hayworth, But Not Without Scrutiny

Ball Endorses Maloney Over Hayworth, But Not Without Scrutiny

They may both be Republicans in political party affiliation, but last Friday certainly revealed there’s no love lost between congressional candidate Nan Hayworth and current New York State Senator Greg Ball. Democrat and current House of Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who is running for a second term in office, announced Friday that Ball was backing […]